First I want to thank the Chapter for allowing me to serve as President and be a part of an organization that not only gives knowledge back but allows friendships to be created within the industry. I am following the footsteps of many great leaders in the CPA community.

This next year the Leadership Task Force is working to create new content and structure within our leadership program, currently renamed Pathway to Leadership. Our board is excited about the opportunity to give something back to our membership to help them succeed in their professional growth and personal development.

The Scholarship Committee is another benefit that the board is passionate about. The candidates are reviewed by a committee and this program is growing each year. The Austin Chapter has awarded many scholarships the last few years and this tradition will continue for future CPAs entering our profession.

Several opportunities will be available throughout the year to meet for CPE as well as networking with individuals within our industry. I have been a part of the TXCPA for many years and networking personally has offered opportunities to come my way that otherwise would not have been. The wealth of knowledge within our organization and the long term relationships created from the Chapter have been priceless.

For our current members and prospective members, the focus is on the benefits to our members and opportunities to give back to our local community. I look forward to a productive year and invite each of you to participate, and most important of all, become involved.

Finally, I want to recognize the TXCPA Austin staff who provide the resources needed and without whom we would not be able to further our mission. So, a big thank you to Diane, Kaira, Linda and Lucy for all they do each day for our Chapter.

Jennifer Brown, CPA
TXCPA Austin President